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[Design Forum] A valuable platform for design vision, knowledge, philosophy: Park

The following is an unofficial translation of President Park Geun-hye’s congratulatory remarks for the Herald Design Forum 2014 ― Ed. I extend my sincerest congratulations on the opening of the Her...

Updated : 2014.11.26 22:05

Calls grow for retaining bar exam

Debates over the selection system for the legal profession are set to come to the fore again when the last group of individuals who pass the test will be unveiled, with the abolition of the state-run ...

Updated : 2014.11.26 21:15

Seoul saw most deaths in 30 years in 2013

The number of deaths in Seoul last year was higher than any other point in the past three decades, Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday. Suicide and cancer were among the leading causes, it said. According to data compiled by the city government, 42,063 Seoulites died in 2013, a 11...

Updated : 2014.11.26 21:15

S. Korean fishermen stage at-sea protest against illegal Chinese fishing

More than 160 South Korean fishermen staged a rally in the West Sea on Wednesday to protest the government's latest measures against illegal Chinese fishing, demanding state compensation for their economic loss.  Last Thursday, the government unveiled a package of measures meant to furth...

Updated : 2014.11.26 17:08

Navy conducts trial run of controversial salvage ship

The Navy carried out a test run of the country's first indigenous salvage ship Wednesday to quell jitters over substandard equipment and push for its deployment.    The one-day test run of the 3,500-ton next-generation rescue and salvage ship Tongyeong was conducted at a naval base in ...

Updated : 2014.11.26 15:47

More women gave up career for family in 2014: statistics

The number of women who quit work due to marriages, pregnancies and child rearing grew slightly this year, state data showed Wednesday, amid government efforts to help them stay on.   According to the data by Statistics Korea, 1.98 million women had given up their careers as of April th...

Updated : 2014.11.26 13:32

Five-year jail term upheld for teen mother for killing infant

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the five-year jail term of a 19-year-old mother who murdered a one-month old infant and placed him in a freezer, court officials said Wednesday.   The defendant, surnamed Park, was found guilty of strangling the baby boy and putting his body in the freez...

Updated : 2014.11.26 11:53

More than 7 of 10 Koreans concerned about government's online surveillance: survey

More than seven out of 10 South Koreans are concerned that police or other government agencies may secretly monitor their online activities, an international survey showed Tuesday.   The survey of 23,376 Internet users in 24 countries showed that 29 percent of about 1,000 South Korean r...

Updated : 2014.11.26 09:04

South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan

TOKYO (AP) – Five South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Tuesday.Four suspects were found Monday evening in possession of a copper Buddha statue that went missing from the Bairinji temple in Tsushima city, said ...

Updated : 2014.11.25 22:08

Ex-Assembly speaker indicted for sexual abuse

The prosecution on Tuesday indicted former National Assembly speaker Park Hee-tae without detention for sexually harassing a female gold caddie in Wonju, Gangwon Province, earlier this year.The 76-year-old political heavyweight ― as a standing adviser to the ruling Saenuri Party ― was em...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:29

Apartment complex layoffs raise ire

An apartment complex in Gangnam district, southern Seoul, is moving to dismiss all of its security guards and contract cleaners.Dubbed New Hyundai Apartment, the wealthy Apgujeong-dong residential complex attracted public scrutiny after a security guard in his 50s attempted to burn himself...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:27

Seoul to introduce ‘Pororo’ taxis

Children pose for a photo in front of a Pororo-themed taxi, which features the popular Korean cartoon character Pororo, in Seoul on Monday. (SMG)Seoul Metropolitan Government on Tuesday introduced 20 ...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

‘Domestic violence victims suffer from weak legal measures’

Despite the newly enforced special law on domestic violence this year, many victims still suffer from a lack of legal protection from the court, a civic group said Tuesday.Under the special law on domestic violence implemented in October, the court can legally and physically separate a per...

Updated : 2014.11.25 21:26

Four S. Koreans nabbed for stealing Buddha statue in Japan

Four South Korean men have been arrested in Japan's southern region on charges of stealing a historic Buddha statue, police said Tuesday, an incident that could further stoke anti-South Korean sentiment in Japan.   The four Koreans, including a 70-year-old man identified only by his sur...

Updated : 2014.11.25 17:57

Indictment of ex-prosecutor over indecency suspended

Prosecutors on Tuesday suspended the indictment of a former top prosecutor on this southern island who had been accused of indecent exposure.  Kim Soo-chang, the former chief of the local prosecutors' office, was charged with masturbating in public near his residence on Jeju Island on Au...

Updated : 2014.11.25 15:09